By Olivia Isibor, For Agenda Watchdog, April 21, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Thirty uniformed and civilian members of the NYPD, have died from coronavirus, the force’s commissioner announced on Monday.
Dermot Shea announced the death of the latest member of the force, traffic section commander Mohammed Chowdhury, on Twitter. He said the officer was ‘revered’ and was set to mark 30 years of service to the NYPD next week.
The virus victims include 11 cops, six school safety agents, six traffic enforcement agents and seven civilian members of staff. All 30 were named and pictured in a video posted by Commissioner Shea.
New York City has seen more than 140,000 cases of coronavirus, out of nearly 801,000 nationwide. The city has also seen 14,773 death so far.
On Sunday, the force announced that more than 4,000 members of the NYPD have tested positive for the virus.
And as of Saturday, 5,324 uniformed members – about 15 per cent of the force – were off sick. That’s down from a high of 7,155 officers – nearly 20 per cent of the force – on April 9.